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Deputy Director of Vessel Engineering and Maintenance - Washington State Ferries

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/18/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2608727
Keywords: operations

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Overall Job Objective


* Please note, the listed salary range DOES include the approved 5% King County premium, effective July 1, 2019.
**This position is open until filled, the first application reviews will be done on October 29, 2019. 
The Opportunity:
Are you seeking a position that will allow you to make a difference for your community? Join the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) team as the Deputy Director of Vessel Engineering in the Ferries Division (WSF)!

WSF is proud to announce an exceptional executive management-level opportunity for an accomplished maritime professional to serve within our Executive Team. In this role, you will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Vessels Department providing expert oversight and support of all routine departmental functions. Your efforts will provide leadership in performance management, labor relations, financial management, and business process development and improvements. This is an opportunity geared to someone with great organizational skills and the desire to make a substantial impact in an atmosphere of very high responsibility.

A division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), WSF is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world.  The WSF system is an essential part of Washington's transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound with the San Juan Islands and internationally to Sidney, British Columbia.  WSF has more than 1,800 employees throughout the Puget Sound region on vessels, in terminals, at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility and at the headquarters facility in Seattle. 

At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?
This position will perform the following work:

  • Participate in contract/labor negotiations.
  • Manage operating and capital program budgets.
  • Manage department performance to ensure alignment with strategic objectives.
  • Develop, improve, maintain, and enforce key business processes.
  • Develop and manage workforce development programs.
  • Promote inter-organizational communication through collaboration and teamwork.
  • Serve as primary liaison to Safety Department. 
  • Manage departmental responses to Public Disclosure Requests, litigation hold notices, and other legal matters.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required education and experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant Engineering Discipline.
  • 10 years of experience in the Maritime Industry or comparable sector.
  • Extensive experience in organizational, intermediate and depot level maintenance.
  • Proficiency in asset management (EAM/CMMS systems).
  • Management of annual budgets of $10M or more.
  • Extensive managerial experience – coaching, mentoring, and empowering employees.
  • Working knowledge of Coast Guard Regulations.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.

Preferred/desired education and experience:
  • USCG Licensed Chief Engineer >1600GT or military equivalent.
  • Advanced degree in engineering, management, or related field.
  • Project Management Certification (PMP)
  • Lean Certificate
How to Apply: 
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please click on the large "apply" button at the top of this announcement. If you have not done so previously, you will need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position, please answer the supplemental, and attach the following to your online application: 
  • A chronological Resume outlining your experience to date
  • A Letter of Interest detailing your qualifications, and why you believe you are the best person for this role, and
  • minimum of three (3) professional references who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies

Employment, Education and Criminal History Verification:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Contact us: 
For inquiries about this position, please contact Cori Shull at  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WSF-9W090.
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit